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CNN
Jan 19, 2013 5:00am PST
that, for example, in the debt ceiling fight. first debt ceiling fight in 2011, the president could not go to the brink, because he was worried if they went over the brink -- >> sure. >> -- economic downturn, you don't win. now you can take a harder line. on the other hand in a second term there's often the sense that you have a narrow window on domestic issues with congress, probably about a year, maybe two at the most to get things done and then your attention usually turns more to foreign policy. but the biggest thing is that 1600 pennsylvania avenue is kind of a dangerous neighborhood. if you hang around there long enough, the odds start going against you. often the second term has been very tough for presidents. we'll see if this one can avoid that precedent. >> never heard it described that way. dangerous neighborhood. dangerous territory. >> yes. >> ron brownstein, nice to see you this morning. thank you very much. >>> next hour, what are we missing? is there an issue that no one is talking about now that will define the president's second term? we'll explore the possibilitie
CNN
Jan 19, 2013 10:00am EST
? he has a lot of big, heavy legislation that he's talking about, guns and -- and of course the debt ceiling. all kinds of stuff going on. >> you know, it's an unusual thing. we had an election, and then immediately we had some fierce partisan combat because of the fiscal cliff deadlines. usually you have a period where everyone kind of goes home after the election, then they come back in january. we didn't have that. so things are hot right now in washington. and, you know, frankly, the lesson of the december congressional session does not give one a lot of optimism going forward. it's going to be hand-to-hand combat where stuff only gets passed under when there's intense pressure either because of a deadline or because one of the two parties is embarrassed ton act. that's basically what happened in the lame duck session. republicans finally pushed through that fiscal cliff bill because they were scared of the consequences if they didn't. >> yeah. we have some noise going on here. we apologize for that noise taking place here. >> not singing. >> no. there we go. probably a lot of te
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